25 Jan '18, 3pm

[Mothership] China clones world’s first monkeys using method that created Dolly the sheep https://t.co/vOzg1gZxmj

Scientists in China have successfully created two cloned monkeys. This is a world first and the latest step in the country’s ambition of becoming a global scientific leader. The long-tailed macaques, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, were created using the same technique that produced Dolly the sheep back in 1996. Advertisement How were they created? The macaques were made from cells taken from an aborted female monkey fetus, according to The New York Times . From those, 149 early embryos were created, of which 79 were healthy enough to be transferred into the uterus of surrogate monkey mothers. Almost all of the surrogates miscarried, resulting in two live births in the end. The macaques are now both six and eight weeks old, and are apparently developing normally, according to The Financial Times . The team of scientists expects more macaque clones to be born over the coming...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/01/china-clones-monkeys/

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